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Pakistan’s Democracy and World

By Sameer Shaharyar • Apr 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Pakistan is successfully treading the path of democracy and in this second consecutive era of an elected government, things are improving. It is important for the world to support the promotion and spread of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in the Pakistan. The credibility of the world is at stake here. They [...]



PTI Scandals Disintegrating the Party

By Sameer Shaharyar • Apr 5th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan is getting first hand of experience of realpolitik in Pakistan these days. As usual, the people who got elected want some carrots throw their way. They want cash so that they could make their lower level sidekicks happy who do all the legwork and arm-twisting during the elections. These MPs [...]



Nawaz Fights With Nisar Over Musharraf

By Sameer Shaharyar • Apr 1st, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Musharraf must be chuckling after getting publicly humiliated for months as there surfaces a huge rift within the ranks of PML-N on his status. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spearheads the hardliners including Khawaja Asif, Khawaja Saad Rafique, and Pervaiz Rasheed and wants to offer no relief to the Musharraf, whereas strongman Chaudhry Nisar wants Musharraf [...]



Have Nawaz and Military Struck a Deal on Musharraf?

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 16th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In retrospect, whenever Musharraf is scheduled to be presented in the court of Justice Faisal Arab; something sinister pops up from the agencies, and Musharraf then refuses to come to the courts. Sometimes this happens through the interior ministry, and sometimes without their help, but it seems that whatever happens, happens with the consent of [...]



Fazlur Rehman Sabotages Peace Efforts after Being Ignored

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 10th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

We know that government of Pakistan, military, the media, people and everyone else is desperate for the peace in the country. Everyone is fed up of the terrorism and the lawlessness. Most of the Pakistanis are now convinced that Taliban terrorists cannot be tamed without using the power, and then there are some who still [...]



TTP Ceasefire - Let’s Play Their Game

By Sameer Shaharyar • Mar 2nd, 2014 • Category: Politics

So the surgical strikes are working. They always have worked. Whenever an onslaught is initiated, always a ceasefire is offered from the Taliban terrorists. We are also not naive enough to believe that the terrorists are have now done ‘tauba’ from their activities. We are also not naive enough to believe that they won’t do [...]



What’s Wrong with Altaf Hussain?

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 26th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The most intelligent, aggressive, convincing, and smart people you see in the Pakistani TV talkshows belong to the MQM. They are so smart that after the most silliest and bizarre statements from their London-based British leader Altaf Hussain, they remain steadfast and keep defending those awful statements and speeches. I truly feel sorry for the [...]



Maulana Abdul Aziz - A Fitna-Pardaz Trouble Maker

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 13th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In media, problem with us is that we are scared. We are scared of speaking complete truth. For instance, when we condemn former dictator Pervaiz Musharraf for attacking and killing burqa-clad ladies and gents in the Lal Masjid, we easily overlook and forget to mention that those ladies and gents were heavily armed and behind [...]



Thar Coal Unites Pakistan

By Sameer Shaharyar • Jan 31st, 2014 • Category: Politics

Not even in US and UK, I have seen opponent political parties joining hands to resolve biggest challenge faced by the nation. I have never seen Democrats and Republicans in America joining hands and happily agreeing totally on even war against terror let alone on any domestic resolution of a problem. But in Pakistan, where [...]



Nawaz Zardari Inaugurate Thar Coal Project Together

By Sameer Shaharyar • Jan 25th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Sometimes in Pakistan such things happen which really amazed even the most democratic citizen in any Western world. Even in the USA, UK, Australia, and Indonesia, its unheard that government and opposition leader inaugurate any national project together, or go hand in hand for any national project and the treasury acknowledges the work of former [...]